The strength of the US counterterrorism relationship with #saudiarabia Arabia “rivals” that with its historic ally the UK — although this has yet to register with the American public, a former #homelandsecurity adviser told Arab News.
Information provided by the Kingdom has prevented several terror attacks and helped save American lives, said Frances Townsend, who worked in the administration of former US President George W. Bush.
Saudi Arabia has stood “shoulder to shoulder” with the Americans in combating terrorism, Townsend said. “This relationship has developed in terms of #counterterrorism — in particular, information sharing and intelligence sharing — which from the United States’ point of view rivals (what we share with) Britain, our longest historic ally,” she said. “We have a critical information and intelligence-sharing #relationship that is almost unparalleled with any of our other partners
She cited two terror plots that were prevented specifically due to intelligence from Saudi Arabia. “The intelligence exchange between Saudi and American officials has saved American lives,” Townsend said. “It is a very important ... partnership. It is critical to protecting the American homeland.”
A #FlyJamaica Airways crewmember tried to sneak 9 pounds of #cocaine into the US — strapping it onto his legs and brazenly strolling through customs at #JFK airport, officials said.
#HughHall, a resident of #Jamaica, was flying into New York on St. Patty’s Day when he was caught with the secret stash — worth approximately $160,000 on the streets, according to Customs and Border Protection.
Officials said he was coming from #MontegoBay.
After landing at JFK, Hall exited his plane and presented himself for inspection at customs. Agents apparently noticed the drugs and called backup — prompting a full body search.
Four packages, all filled with cocaine, were allegedly found taped to Hall’s thighs and calves. He was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and turned over to #HomelandSecurity.